Questions tagged [young-adult]

For questions looking to identify young-adult novels or asking about their presence in Science Fiction and Fantasy. If looking to identify a story, include the [story-identification] tag, if asking about the history of the genre use in conjunction with the [history-of] tag.

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Young adult fantasy novel where young girl was priestess-in-training in a dark sacred cave

Years ago in elementary school, I read a young adult's fantasy novel. The story was about a young girl training to be a sacred priestess of some kind with a monk (?) in a holy sacred caverns that had ...
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Short story about a young man stranded alone on Mars who runs out of air

I read this story in approximately 1979 (plus or minus a year); I found it in an anthology when I was systematically reading my way through all the SF in my library's YA section. Note that the book ...
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Young adult short story book with one story where a woman finds a walrus suit and becomes a walrus

I’m trying to identify a book I remember reading sometime in the 2005-2006 time range. This book was in my fifth grade classroom in the US. I’ve tried searching for it a few times in the past few ...
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Novel About a Girl Who Realizes She is a Clone [duplicate]

So I remember reading this book in the early 2000's, and I'm pretty sure it was placed in my classroom, so it was obviously geared toward young adults. It was about a girl who wakes up one day with a ...
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Looking For A Mistaken Identity Super Hero Book About A Woman Who Works Fast Food

I read this book a few years ago. (Between 3-10) It is about a woman who keeps getting mistaken for a popular super hero and attacked by villains as she works at a fast food place. Nobody believes her ...
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YA novel with a boy from Earth who gets stuck in a world supposedly without magic, but he can use magic there

This is a book I remember getting from the library in middle school, around 2008, but haven't been able to find again since. I think it was reasonably new. I read it in English, but I don't know if it ...
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Novel where anti-gravity devices are attached to a submarine and it floats to the moon

I'm trying to remember a novel I read (probably in the early 70's) about an inventor that develops an anti-gravity device that looked rather like window blinds. These devices are attached to a small ...
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Trying to remember the name of a female, Canadian, children's sci-fi author from the 80s

I read a number of books when I was around 10-15 years old (roughly 1985-1990) by a female, Canadian, sci-fi author. I can't remember her name (maybe Amy something?) or the titles of any of the books ...
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1970's- 1980's children's SF anthology (British?) identification

I've been trying for years to find a children's/young adult science fiction collection that I read growing up in the 1980's in the UK. It wrecks my head whenever I try and look it up. There were a few ...
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A ruined USA, where protagonists are captured by a biker bandits encamped in a zoo

It was written in English. I read it around 2013-2014 in British Columbia, Canada when I was in middle school. It could have been a short series, or one book. The protagonists are young adults, and ...
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Absurdist/comedic novel about the behind-the-scenes of the universe

Sometime in the mid- to late-2000s, I remember reading a book that was about an organization of extradimensional beings who control the minutiae of the universe. I remember very little about it, but ...
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Young adult novel involving Time-travel, via a round, rainbow like portal [duplicate]

Haven't read it since I was a child, but I recall a story involving a young man whose father built some kind of time portal that appeared as a circular rainbow. ("No end, therefore no pot of gold&...
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Trying to find a sci-fi novel I read when I was a teenager (early 2000s)

First of all the book looked fairly new so I don't think it was more than a few years old at the time and I'm 80% certain I picked it up in the young adult section at my public library. The story ...
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Creepy short story: sinister alien dolls, invasion of Earth

I'm looking for a short story that creeped me out as a kid! It involves alien dolls, which are sold to humans as souvenirs but are designed to inject a deadly virus into any nearby human, allowing ...
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Children's / YA novel and game about travelling back in time via an old tree

I'm looking for a book I read back in school, probably in the period 1991-1996. What I remember of the book is: I think it's set in Sydney, Australia The main characters are a boy and a girl There's ...
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What novel was set in a dystopian future and featured a boy searching for his missing father?

I'm hoping someone can identify this young-adult/children's sci-fi book. I read it in 1996-1997, but I remember thinking it was written in the 1980s. The main character was a boy (maybe in his early ...
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Looking for a children's or young adult novel about three kids travelling to a fantasy land

I've been trying to remember the title of a children's or young adult book I read as a child about thirty years ago. (So it may be from '70s or '80s). I don't remember many of the details. There ...
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What fantasy book has twins (except one's blue) and a cloaked ice bear on the cover?

I remember only the cover of this book. A fantasy novel released before 2007. The cover of the book had a twin pair where one of the twins were blue, and if I am not mistaken, there was an ice bear ...
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Teenagers discover a network of tunnels to other times

I'm trying to identify a novel for young adults about travelling through time using a maze of time tunnels. I borrowed it from the Town Library in the early 1970's, so it may have been written during ...
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Time traveller story set in Australia where the ending is determined with a roll of the dice

I'm looking for the title and the author of a young adult book set in Australia. I read this in the 1980s or 1990s so it was published before 2000 and took place I do not remember the overall arc of ...
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A collection of stories about young monsters and vampires

There are a couple of books I have been trying to find for years. I found and read them in my school library when I was in either intermediate or middle school; somewhere around the late 1980's. I'm ...
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A juvenile fantasy novel with the hero being tutored by two famous Jacks from fairy tales

I'm looking for a juvenile fantasy novel, written in English, with at least a few interior illustrations, which I borrowed from a library sometime in the early-to-mid 1980s. I found it very ...
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Story with student test to find a new world and bring back navigation data, teacher tried to persuade students to go native

I read this novel at least ten years ago, and likely more. It is a young adult book (labelled as such, I think), and I recall I read it at the exact same time as "Star Hatchling" (published in 1997, ...
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YA novel involving immortality via drowning

In the early or mid-'90s, I read a young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel that I can't now remember the title of. My recollection is that the novel involved a main character (a teenage girl, I think) from ...
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Young-adult novel about cursed wishes from the 1990's or earlier

I'm struggling to find a book that I read in the mid-1990's (published before 1995, probably, definitely before 1996). It would have been geared towards teens or pre-teens. It is set in a small, ...
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An old juvenile novel about a small group walking across the frozen Atlantic Ocean? [duplicate]

I first checked this out from a public library sometime in the 1980s. I believe it was written as a "juvenile" SF story . . . more-or-less what gets called "Young Adult" nowadays. English language, ...
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Looking for young adult book, possible from the last 10-15 years

I remember this book from my early teen years, although what I remember makes it seem incredibly bizarre, but from what I remember, it was really enjoyable. I'm sure I read it before I read the "...
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Creepy YA short story about children living in walls to hide from a monstrous man

This story scared me so badly when I was a little kid that my father threw the book away! I would have read it in English in the US prior to 1989, and it was almost certainly a Scholastic Book Club ...
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A book about life as a ghost but being a ghost is only temporary

This was a book I read around ten years ago. I read it in Swedish, unknown if it was translated or not. I remember getting it from the "youth/young adult" section of the library, though that library ...
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Story Identification: Young adult novel, horror, teens play a D&D variant, but things start to turn real

To the best of my recollection, they went to a house of some sort for the evening to enhance the role-play aspects of some D&D clone/adaptation, and there was even a stuffed octopus or some such ...
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Collection of YA horror short stories late 80s early 90s called "Chills" or "Shivers"

I am looking for a series of books from the late 80's early 90's. There were at least 2 books in the series, called "Shivers" or "Chills". They were a collection of horror stories for Young Adults. I ...
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Novel about a dragon lord who has to wear gloves at all times

I read this novel when I was young. It is probably a children's or young adult novel. I think I read it in 1997 or earlier. I remember very much enjoying it, but the title and most of the details are ...
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Young adult fantasy book about a young girl who thinks she is human until she stumbles into a fairy court and is revealed to be a changeling

I need help! I've been trying to find this book and it's driving me crazy. From what I remember the story is: A young girl for years thinks she was human until one day she stumbles into a fairy court ...
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Identifying a YA novel about a chosen set of teenagers who are forced to serve a corrupt king

I'm hoping to identify a YA novel I read around when Hunger Games started to get popular (2012ish? I don't know if the novel was released then though). It's got quite a Hunger Games vibe to it. It ...
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YA novel about a backyard where shadows live, a dolphin statue/fountain? is the ruler

I read this story in the mid 1980's. A young boy is staying with either his grandmother, aunt, some older female care giver. The shadows in the backyard are alive, and anything brought back there ...
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Looking for a YA story about a boy bothering a wizard

I'm trying to identify a story I read as a child in the late nineties or early 2000s. It was otherworld fantasy, set in a fairly standard medieval fantasy world. What I remember: the main character ...
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Short story about a dwarf hidden in a robot suit, who needs more air to breathe

This is another short story that I read when I was a kid. I think that I was in elementary school at the time, so it was likely written before 1989, and absolutely no later than 1993. I read it in ...
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Book series: Minerals crashing into the sun, emigrating cult, and frozen man

I'm looking for a book that I read 10 years ago. But the book is of course way older. It contained 3 stories that have a common main character. I'll try to remember as many details as possible. The ...
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A spaceship saved by a teen who realizes destination planet is surrounded by electromagnetic field

I'm looking for an old book, more than 40 years old, almost certainly a lot older, about spaceship heading to some planet, I believe it is Venus. The previous ships have not been heard from after ...
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Children's book about child on failing generation starship saved by Cygnus The Swan?

In the late 1970s I bought a book at a school book fair (likely published by Scholastic) about a young boy who lived on a generational starship. The ship was failing. I remember some bit about an ...
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Looking for 1970's SF novel title where people travel to other planets by transmitting their consciousness to a replica body at the destination

This was a 'young-adult' SF novel I read in the late 1970's, about the same time I was reading Voorloper by Andre Norton, Madeleine L'engle's Wrinkle In Time books and the Dragonfall 5 young adult ...
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Young adult anthology book from 1970s/1980s

I am trying to figure out the title of an sci-fi short story anthology book that was geared towards young adult readers. It was in my junior high school library and I read it sometime between 1987 to ...
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A novel or novelette length ghost story, "You can't trick me the same way twice"

Between 1995 and 2004, when I was a teen, I have rented a book from the library.I think was YA fiction book which got some sort of an award. I think it was written either in 70s, 80s, or 90s. The ...
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Generation starship with kids raised by robots

There's a book I remember reading sometime around 1981 or 1982 about a colony/generation starship where kids were raised by robots who gave them something in their food that kept the kids from ...
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Identifying young-adult fantasy trilogy

I am trying to identify a trilogy (I can't rule out that there was a fourth book) I read in German [I don't know whether German was the original language] at some time prior to 2002. It was young-...
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A story where technology is forbidden, but used by priests

I am looking for a story I remember reading in the mid-90s. I can't remember if it was a trilogy or just a three part book, but I know it was in paperback book form. I also know it was found in the ...
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Three teenagers from the 80s unwillingly travel back in time to London during the Black Death

I read part of this book in high school, when I was about 14, during the mid-to-late 80s. I expect it was first published in late 70s or early 80s. I got it from my school library. I read it in ...
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YA series with a housekeeper or protector robot and set on a planet with a harsh sun

I read a series of books written in English (possibly a trilogy) in the early 1980s and was hoping to find them again for my children. The details I remember are: It was set on a planet and spanned ...
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Young person breaks rules but is saved by being inducted into the scouts

This is a very light, space opera-ish YA or younger novel, probably from the 70's. The basic plot that I remember is that this kid has a friend/mentor who is part of the space scouts or some such. ...
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90's teen fiction - UK town shrouded in mist/fog causing violence

I remember borrowing this book from my teens from a local library so some time in the mid-90's, although I can't be sure if it was new or old at the time. The story was science fiction set in the UK ...

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